The model, which was created by the TensorFlow team, is a 20 KB convolutional neural network (or CNN) trained on gesture data from 10 people performing four gestures fifteen times each (ring, wing, slope, and an unknown gesture).
Besides being a fun and easy example of ML for IoT, Satrom also highlights the utility of performing machine learning computations on edge devices:
If you’re working with a high-precision sensor and you need to make a decision based on raw data, you often cannot shoulder the cost of sending all that data to the cloud. And even if you could, the round trip latency runs counter to the frequent need for real-time decision-making.
By performing prediction on a microcontroller, you can process all that raw data on the edge, quickly, without sending a single byte to the cloud.
If you would like to learn more check out the GitHub repo for this work.
Written by Rebecca Minich, Product Analyst in Data Science at Google. Opinions expressed are solely my own and do not express the views or opinions of my employer.
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